This article will suggest that under Ohio's patient-physician privilege, the results of pregnancy tests that are administered at Planned Parenthood clinics will not be considered privileged or confidential information, unless the test is administered by a physician and is later used by a physician in treatment of the woman. In particular, this article will briefly examine the history of a right to medical privacy, the development of the patient-physician privilege and the origin of Planned Parenthood . The notion of very intimate details of a person's health, including diseases, conditions, diagnoses and prognoses being readily available to whoever would like to know the information, is not only absurd, but is also probably revolting to most people. Likewise, most people are likely aware that such information is considered private and cannot be disclosed to just anyone requesting knowledge of the information. Where then does this notion of medical privacy come from?
Note, Ohio's Patient-Physician Privilege: Whether Planned Parenthood Is a Protected Party, 17 J.L. & Health 297 (2002-2003)